Whatcom Falls, Bellingham

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State of The Grift

US President Donald Trump’s top public health official has quit after a report she bought shares in tobacco, drug and food companies after taking the job.

Dr Brenda Fitzgerald stepped down as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday morning.

The department of health cited Dr Fitzgerald’s “complex financial arrangements” in a statement.

One of the CDC’s key responsibilities is reducing smoking.

BBC News

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State of Subservience

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Sunday

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Really Bad Parking

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Flower Power

Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth.

Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops.

In the distant past, they outpaced plants such as conifers and ferns, which predate them, but how they did this has has been a mystery.

New research suggests it is down to genome size – and small is better.

“It really comes down to a question of cell size and how you can build a small cell and still retain all the attributes that are necessary for life,” says Kevin Simonin from San Francisco State University in California, US.

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Taboo

“We are richer than God. I blaspheme with impunity because the Company is at my heel. Now we’ve screwed maharajas, we’ve screwed moghuls, and this man … this man is merely a London mongrel!”

Jonathan Pryce as Sir Stewart Strange, ‘Taboo’

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Fog Mill

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Surf’s Up

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Sunny Winter Afternoon

Music by Stanley Clarke & Chick Corea

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